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Transport safety grants for country schools

Rural primary schools, often bordered by state highways, have been granted $12,000 to boost traffic safety.

Rural primary schools, often bordered by state highways, have been granted $12,000 to boost traffic safety.

Six schools in the North Island were gifted the money in a joint effort from Rural Women New Zealand and Farmlands.

Some schools have suggested putting the money toward projects such as additional parking and better signaling and lighting for blind spots.

Paddy Sannazzaro, principal of Manakau School, near Levin, says, “We were thrilled, obviously.

 “We can now purchase safety vests, cones and extendable traffic arms for when we cross the road to the hall."

Farmlands, a cooperative rural retailer, fundraised with 10 ‘Ladies Night’ fun events in rural areas in October last year. Many were sell out shows.

Due to the success of the programme, which had more than 100 applicants, it will become an annual event.